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Regency/Gothic Bestiary 2: Regency Gentlemen

First, an introduction from Beau Brummel:

I forgot I'd put together the beginnings of a Regency bestiary a year ago when we first began (and then abandoned) this project.  The Regency gentlemen that follow are in a slightly different format than the Regency ladies; each "basic" archetype is then followed by an "advanced" version better suited to be an NPC romantic interest or rival.  They've also got gear, which I kind of forgot to do for the ladies.  (Again, work in progress.)  I have updated the Hindrances and Edges for Savage Worlds Deluxe.

A note on Guts: since the Regency/Gothic setting is a horror setting (to some extent), it makes sense to add Guts to the Skill list.  Guts can also be used to determine whether someone has the courage to defy social censure and act in some socially unacceptable way -- like declaring your love for someone in a crowded room instead of watching them walk away from you.

A note on Garments and Accessories: a common access…

Link: Dueling in the Regency

Really Bad Eggs also linked to an article about dueling during the Regency.  I'll have more to say on this in the provocatively titled upcoming post "Jane Austen Versus the Regency," but the Regency was actually a boisterous, manly time full of violence and depravity... which is something that modern Regency authors like Cara King do not shy away from.  I'll have to track down My Lady Gamester when I get the chance.

I Write Like...

Based on the "What is Regency Romance?" post...

I write like
Chuck Palahniuk I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

(I've never read anything by Chuck Palahniuk.)

(Shout-out to my favorite non-Savage Worlds RPG blog, Really Bad Eggs, for doing the same thing weeks ago.)

Regency/Gothic Bestiary 1: Regency Ladies

This is the first in a series of posts offering NPC archetypes and new monsters for a Regency/Gothic or Napoleonic setting.  They're all works in progress and one should expect that there will be significant revision between these posts and whatever form the finished Regency/Gothic project will take.

Gambling was a popular pastime in the Regency, so most NPC archetypes will include that skill.
Regency Ladies (inspired by the characters of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice) 


A lady interested in books and learning; i.e. a nerd.  Then as now, this unfortunately resulted in social ostracism.  Example: Mary Bennet.
Agility: d6  Smarts: d10  Strength: d4  Spirit: d6  Vigor: d6
Charisma: -2  Pace: 6  Parry: 2  Toughness: 5
Skills: Gambling d6, Intimidation d6, Investigation d8, Knowledge (any two) d10, Notice d6, Persuasion d4, Taunt d8
Hindrances: Bad Eyes (minor), Outsider
Edges: Scholar

A young lady with little worldly experience.  Examples: Kitty Bennet, Georgia…

Regency/Gothic 1d: Pride and Prejudice Character Stats

Savage Worlds character stats for Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy, and George Wickham as we meet them when first introduced in Pride and Prejudice.  All three have been created using baseline Savage Worlds Deluxe only and, as such, do not have the Guts skill or any special setting Hindrances or Edges.  Despite this, I think Savage Worlds has once again proven itself more adept at emulating fictional characters than any other game system I've played.

Elizabeth Bennet Rank:Seasoned (20 XP) Agility: d4  Smarts: d8  Strength: d6  Spirit: d8  Vigor: d8 Charisma: +2  Pace: 6  Parry: 2  Toughness: 6  Skills: Gambling d4, Healing d4, Intimidation d6, Investigation d4, Notice d6, Persuasion d6, Stealth d4, Streetwise d4, Survival d4, Taunt d6. Hindrances: Code of Honor, Outsider (Lizzie's embarrassing family injures her social acceptability), Stubborn. Edges: Attractive, Brave, Charismatic (or Very Attractive for Keira Knightley), Level Headed, Strong Willed. [Advances: Charismati…

Game Wine: Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a Spanish wine grape varietal that heartily endures the sweltering heat of Texas. Like any varietal, the taste of the finished wine is considerably altered by the terroir of the vineyard and the methods of the winemaker. Despite this, there is a particular taste that I associate strongest with tempranillo, and that taste could best be described as "Spaghetti Western."

Despite being filmed by Italian crews, the great spaghetti westerns were actually shot in Spain. The bleak, sun-scorched hills and plains bear a significant (but imperfect) resemblance to Texas and so Texas tempranillos bear a significant (but inexact) resemblance to the wines of Spain. In my favorite tempranillos -- both Spanish and Texan -- I taste the leather of Charles Bronson, the fire of Clint Eastwood, the boldness of Eli Wallach, and the subtlety of Lee Van Cleef.

Alamosa Wine Cellars' pairs well with "Deadlands" and other gritty western settings. Pedernales Cellars' tem…

Regency/Gothic 1c: The Rival

One of the tropes of romantic comedy that has come down to us from Jane Austen is the Rival -- a challenger for our heroine's affections (or, sometimes, our hero's) who is certainly sexier than the competition, but nowhere near as nice.  The archetype for this role is George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice.

I actually think the 1995 P&P's Wickham is a little lame.  He's charming and smooth-talking, but lacks the presence to ever be a competitor to Colin Firth's Darcy.

The Wickham from "Lost in Austen" on the other hand is not only far more charming than that show's Darcy, but also gets to be semiheroic.  I'll discuss this more in length in the future, but romance GMs should always remember that you can't force a relationship between your player(s) and an NPC.  In your version of Pride and Prejudice, why shouldn't Elizabeth hook up with the dashing scoundrel?

Regency/Gothic 1b: The Sassy Leading Lady

I'm not saying Keira Knightly isn't prettier, but Jennifer Ehle is my Elizabeth Bennet.

Crap, I should do game stats for Elizabeth and Darcy.

Poem Carnival at Vitis Poema

As Sean has requested, I am linking to one of my recent posts from my personal blog, Vitis Poema. The post explores my early engagement with poetry and its effect on me. It also links to two others -- Karen Jensen and Bluebird Blvd -- who instigated the blog carnival on the topic that I participated in.

Regency/Gothic 1a: The Sexy Leading Man

When I think of a Regency character at his sexiest, this particular scene from the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice comes to mind. Thank you Mr. Firth.

Regency/Gothic 1: What is Regency Romance?*

Savage Worlds led me to Regency Romances.


I forget exactly how I hooked up with Regency Romances.  Some years ago, after watching "Fullmetal Alchemist" and its pseudo-European 19/20th Century setting (oddly enough), we got the idea to do a 19th Century Gothic romance for our annual Halloween RPG.  I did a little research and found myself intrigued by Byron, the Shelleys, and their era.  I think this inspired us to give the 1995 "Pride & Prejudice" with Colin Firth's wet t-shirt a try and then the interest lay dormant for a while -- until we started playing Savage Worlds.

I encountered Matt Borselli's Savage Jane Austen article from his e-zine One Thousand and One Nights and One Night (and I just realized Borselli is still on the web at Asshat Paladins) and various forum threads about how Savage Worlds would be a bad fit for Regency Romances and...  I guess I just got kind of ornery.  I talked Robin into trying to write a Regency supplement f…

Coming Up Next...

I plan to refocus Wine and Savages a bit in the following weeks, or perhaps I should say that I plan on bringing some kind of focus to it – period – since I tend to post whatever danged thing pops into my head.
The main shift in focus is going to be toward the Regency/Gothic Design Journal.Robin and I hope to make it a dialogue between us as we think out loud about the project.The next two R/GDJ posts from me will be discussions of Regency Romance and Gothic Horror to help define the genres and their tropes.Then we’ll start discussing mechanical and non-mechanical aspects of playing games in the Regency/Gothic milieu: Edges, Hindrances, moods, Plot Points, Savage Tales, themes, etc.
Part of the focus on Regency/Gothic will be finally writing down some of those insights into Solo Savagery and romance role-playing that I promised months ago.(I admit that I got cold feet about getting so personal; it’s much easier to just be wacky.)The solo/romance stuff will get its own header, though,…

If Only

I would love to take Ed Greenwood on a tour of the Texas Wine Country.

Just sayin'.

My stupid hat

I forgot to post a picture of my goofy-ass hat.

Picpoul Blanc

It has taken me a long time to open up to white wines. My early exposure to them was dominated by really sweet varieties and my palate revolted against them. Over the last couple of years, though, I've begun enjoying them much more.

Dry whites can be incredibly refreshing. Right now I'm at Bending Branch Winery's Kentucky Derby party drinking their Picpoul Blanc. The Texas heat is beginning in earnest, but I'm feeling cool.

The Picpoul Blanc is high in acidity with a refreshing tang. It's also called "lip-stinger" and well deserves the name. A sip of Picpoul Blanc is a kiss from a flirtatious teenage girl teasing an older man; I'm reminded of an incident from an anime convention where a group of young cosplayers were on a kiss-scavenger hunt. I refused, of course, but I'm glad I now have wine instead.

Also, my wife's Derby chapeau is awesome.


My apologies I haven't been keeping up the cheerleading recently. My brain is being pulled in four directions at once -- running the PotSM for the gang, running Le Vin Et La Vie for Robin, scheming up the '70s heist game for the group, and percolating ideas for the Regency/Gothic project. Sorry!

I am an Idiot -- But My Players Are Awesome

Why do I keep creating work for myself?

A couple of my players are RPG novices but the last couple of months have gotten them hooked on gaming.  As regular readers know, we've been playing Pirates of the Spanish Main -- which is one of the very few settings published by Pinnacle that does not include a Plot Point Campaign.  There are several fun One-Sheets for the setting, but (like an idiot) I gave up on those after a few adventures (but, to be fair, most of them feel like first adventures for different crews) in favor of winging it.

I'm good at winging it.  Really.  It's just that I sometimes paint myself into a corner.

The corner I have painted myself into is putting together a list of buried treasures and fantastic locations for an atlas called the Codex Brendanni.  (I don't know if the Latin is right or not; I don't really care.)  I've got most of the run of "Buccaneers and Bokors" and several other pirate settings, so I've got plenty of mater…